Central Valley, Environment, health, Manteca, San Joaquin, Stockton, Stockton

Free and Safe Rx Drug and “Sharp” Disposal


SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA – On Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the public will have an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Free prescription drug disposal events are being operated by local law enforcement agencies, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

Bring your old medications for disposal to a location near you, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m:

  • Cilantro’s Grill, 2120 W. Country Club Boulevard, Stockton
  • Taft Community Center, 389 Downing Avenue, Stockton
  • The Old Lockeford School House, 19456 N. Jacktone Road, Lockeford
  • Mountain House Community Services District Office, 230 S. Sterling Drive, Mountain House
  • Manteca Police Department, 1001 W. Center Street, Manteca

If there are no options for safe disposal in your area, please do NOT dispose of medicines into the toilet or sink. Medicines in wastewater cannot be removed by treatment plants, and directly enter our environment. The next best alternative is disposal in the trash. 

Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA will continue to hold occasional prescription drug take-back events.  For additional drug disposal event locations visit www.DEA.gov or call 800-882-9539.

In addition, home-generated medical sharps will be collected at these free events.  “Sharps” include items such as syringes, hypodermic needles, lancets, and other needle devices used for injecting medication or blood tests.

Medications (excluding controlled substances), home-generated medical sharps, and other household hazardous wastes are also accepted at the central County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility, free of charge from San Joaquin County residents.  The HHW Facility is located at 7850 R.A. Bridgeford Street, by the Stockton Airport, and is open Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information on the San Joaquin County HHW Program please call the Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division at 209-468-3066. 

View a Drug Disposal Fact Sheet here to learn more.

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Bilingual Weekly (bw) is a Latino Newspaper covering Stockton News and surrounding San Joaquin County cities offering English and Spanish news coverage. www.bilingualweekly.com | 209-598-6525 | info@bilingualweekly.com

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